Edinburgh/Munich, 28 March 2017 - Exterity, a leading provider of IP video and digital signage technologies, today announced that its IP video system has been selected by Elbphilharmonie to provide a world-class live and digital experience to music lovers visiting the new Hamburg concert hall.
The Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s new concert hall, was opened in January 2017. One of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world, it is home to a grand hall which seats over 2,000 people. The sheer size of the hall and the variety of the musical offerings – from classical and jazz to world music and electronic music – called for a system which would allow both audiences and employees alike to experience high quality productions and performances throughout the venue.
Deployed by PMS Perfect Media Solutions GmbH (PMS), the Exterity IP video system at Elbphilharmonie provides a unified way of managing the delivery of live stage performances and advertisements, CCTV camera streams, artitsts’ schedules, as well as 30 TV channels to more than 120 displays throughout the concert hall, backstage areas, ticketing counters and foyer. Content can be tailored to different areas of the venue as required: advertising and ticketing information can be shown on displays during the intermission; visitors arriving after the start of the performance can watch and listen in the foyer while waiting to be seated; artists can view the daily schedule on screens backstage, as well as the live performance itself.
“Exterity was chosen because it offers one of the most reliable IPTV solutions on the market and the company’s open standards technology enables easy integration with other systems, including PerfectShow, PMS’s digital signage software”, said Stefan Pagenkemper, CEO at PMS. “The unique challenge in this project was the set-up of dynamic rights management to allow operators to set viewing permissions for every user and display throughout the day. The combination of the Exterity IP video system and PerfectShow made this possible using an intuitive user interface for the daily routine with a content management backend.”
The resulting system provides stage managers with a highly intuitive and effective way to switch between channels to view live scenography camera feeds from backstage and office areas, enabling them to better manage the lighting, equipment, design and health and safety requirements during the live performance.
“Stage managers have a difficult role to play in the smooth running of live performances, and we are proud to be helping them use technology to manage all areas on performance day,” explained Colin Farquhar, CEO at Exterity. “Using our IP video solution, they can easily switch channels to ensure that artists are coming on stage at the right time, that there are no technical or design issues and that the security cameras work effectively and conform to health and safety legislation. We are very impressed that the Elbphilharmonie has become a world-class venue that caters to a wide range of performances, and we are proud that our technology – integrated with the solution from our partner PMS – is supporting this state-of-the-art venue.”